Although the second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence begins with the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” the tragic truth is that in this country, there are still people who are discriminated against and whose rights are denied through unfair practices. In these situations, an experienced attorney can advocate for the person who is being denied their civil rights and liberties that all people in this country are guaranteed under the law and by the United States Constitution.
If you have been a victim of discrimination or other civil rights violations, call Eric Siegel Law to find out how a civil rights lawyer in Washington D.C. can help. Our firm has been advocating for clients for more than three decades and will work diligently to get you the justice you deserve.
Some of the different types of cases that our firm can help with include:
Any individual or group of individuals who feels their civil rights have been violated should contact our firm to discuss their legal options and whether they have grounds to file a civil rights lawsuit against the party or parties who is responsible for these violations.
While many of the cases a civil rights lawyer represents clients deal with discrimination because of the victim’s race, ethnicity, age, or gender in civil cases involving employment, housing, or other services, a civil rights lawyer can also represent victims whose rights were denied in criminal cases. Each Washington D.C. civil rights lawyer at our firm have handled criminal cases where the following civil rights were violated:
Civil Rights Cases Related to Peaceful Protest
For obvious reasons, people flock from all over the country – and sometimes from all over the world – to protest and engage in civil disobedience on the streets of Washington, D.C. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of Americans to both assemble and to expression of personal views through the act of peaceful protest as a form of free speech. However, these rights are not unlimited. Protesters are not allowed to protest anywhere they please, at any time they please, and in any manner that they please. Just as the freedom of assembly and the freedom of speech are curtailed in various ways related to circumstances that have nothing to do with protest, the government and law enforcement are permitted to place certain restrictions on the “when” “where” and “how” of peaceful protest. With that said, neither the government nor law enforcement can place limitless restrictions on the rights to assemble and to exercise free speech related to protest. When individuals and agencies in positions of authority overstep their bounds and infringe upon the constitutionally protected rights of protesters, affected protesters may have grounds upon which to file legal action.
Why It’s Important to Consult an Attorney in re: a Protest-Related Arrest
If you’ve been arrested while exercising your free speech and assembly rights peacefully and you believe that your rights may have been infringed upon leading up to your arrest or during your arrest, it’s imperative that you not only seek criminal defense counsel, you need to request personalized guidance from a civil rights attorney as well. You may have grounds to file legal action related to illegal search and seizure, First Amendment rights violations, illegal arrest, brutality or excessive force, etc. Additionally, you may need to have your rights protected in the event that civil action is filed against you alleging that you destroyed property or otherwise violated civil law, or in the event that your arrest and/or protest activity has impacted your educational, employment, and/or immigration status. Seeking legal guidance proactively can help to ensure that any negative consequences you may be subjected to as a result of your protest activity are minimized to the greatest extent possible under the circumstances.
Are You Getting Ready to Protest?
If you haven’t yet been arrested related to protest activity, you’re simply concerned about your rights as an aspiring protester, don’t be afraid to reach out for legal guidance before you hit the streets. Knowing your rights and how to protect them can help to ensure that you stay safe while exercising your First Amendment rights lawfully. There is no way to avoid legal risk entirely while protesting. However, in protest-related situations, knowledge truly can translate into power.
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At Eric Siegel Law, we understand how deep of an impact being a victim of unfair and unjust discrimination and/or harassment can have on a client’s life. Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that all individuals’ rights are protected from discrimination because of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, or race. If you believe your civil rights have been violated, contact our office right away to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a civil rights lawyer Washington D.C. clients recommend and find out how our firm can help you.